Achieve a Smooth Shave with Red Anchor

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Achieve a Smooth Shave with Red Anchor

The best way for you to get smooth, soft skin is to wet shave. Electric razors are a convenient choice, but they can’t get as close to the skin as any type of wet blade razor.


First, remove dirt and dead skin from your face that can block the razor’s path. After rinsing, further, soften hairs by placing a warm cloth on the face, keep against the skin for as long as three minutes. Try using a specific product designed for beard and face cleansing like Red Anchor Face and Beard Cleanser Sea Breeze or Sandalwood.

Use shave oil before applying shaving gel or foam, as it creates a smooth surface and lubricates between the skin and the razor. The shave oil further softens facial hair and helps to lift the hairs. As oil and water do not mix, it also locks in the moisture into the face and keeps skin moist throughout the shave. You only need a few drops, so don’t use too much!

Shaving oil can be used on its own without using shaving gel or foam. As shave oil is clear, colourless and see-through, you can see where you are shaving, which makes it particularly useful when shaving close to a beard or moustache. This allows you to get good, clean, well defined lines around a beard, sideburns or goatee.

When using shaving oils, such as Red Anchor Shave Oil with peppermint and rosemary, avoid shaving foams that use alcohol as a propellant, as this dissolves the oil and counteracts its benefits, so try a gel, cream or soap instead.

Before you shave

Make sure the razor is sharp. Razors are not designed to be used for more than a few days, so you should change the razor regularly. A blunt blade has small burrs that scratch the face, it also tears the hair. Using a blunt blade is a good way to get razor burn!

Don’t press to hard

Use gentle short strokes and don’t go over the same area twice. If you need to go over an area twice, reapply the foam or gel before the second pass. You will not need to reapply the oil before the second stroke, but you will need to reapply the foam or gel for slippage.

Shave with the grain

Shaving against the direction of the hair growth is more likely to cause you irritation and create ingrown hairs. If you do not know which way your hair grows, you will need to leave it for a few days to find out. In practice the hair will probably be growing in multiple directions. This is a good reason why you shouldn’t press too hard when shaving and why oil is preferable, as it glides the blade over the skin. Also try and keep the handle at 90 degrees to the face.

Leave the toughest part to the end

You should start with the sides. Areas that tend to have tougher hair, such as under the nose and on the chin, should be left last to allow extra time to soften up. Sensitive areas such as the neck may also need to be left till last, which allows the products more time to penetrate and soften up the hair.

Use hot water to rinse the blade

Keep the blade warm and free of hair and foam whilst shaving. A warm blade will cut through the hair more easily. It doesn’t kill the bacteria though, as it would need to have been in very hot water for a very long time for this to happen. This is another good reason to change the blade regularly as bacteria can also be a part of the reason for getting razor burn.

Moisturise after the shave

You need to moisturise your skin straight after shaving to help your skin recover from the shave. A post shave balm repairs your face after shaving and will improve the condition of your skin with continued use.

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